Sunday, February 17, 2008

Right to Die Without Terminal Somatic Illness

There is such a thing as terminal depression, as horrific and painful as widespread, painful metastases.


Most people want pain relief and to enjoy the rest of their life, doing what they usually enjoyed.

In the case of psychiatric patients, one meets a patient with "terminal" depression, perhaps once every 10 years of a busy practice. Rare, but still deserving of respect for their pain and for their wish.

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